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Get Lit Salon Series

Spirited conversation. Literary culture.

Inspired by 17th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salons are hosted by local writers, professors, or other members of the community, who speak for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening up the conversation to the room. Guests must be 21 or older. Everyone is welcome. All salons are free. 

To learn more about Get Lit, you can view upcoming salons below or learn more about Get Lit. You can also meet this month's host or view past salons

Have something you'd like talk about? Know someone who does? Nominate yourself or someone else to host today!

This Month's Salon

Get Lit: Who Can Tell a Story? with Michelle Malonzo
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Michelle Malonzo, book buyer at Changing Hands, 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association board member and member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a conversation on the politics of publishing, diversity within the book industry and who gets to write the "other."

This Month's Host

Photograph of Michelle Malonzo

Michelle Malonzo is a buyer at Changing Hands Bookstore which has two locations in Arizona. She is on the board of directors of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA), is a member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and was a 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction. Before joining Changing Hands, Michelle worked for nearly 10 years at Penguin Random House, starting out in publicity and corporate communications and finally as an account marketing manager in Penguin's field sales department. She's an Arizona native and reluctant New Yorker who divides her time between Phoenix and Tempe